Dental Law

Pine Lake Law Firm is a small law firm dedicated to the special legal issues that Dentists face. Whether it is buying or selling a practice, employment contracts, leases, amending a contract , estate planning or conflict management, we can help you with your legal needs. We service all dentists in Minnesota, from the Twin Cities to Brainerd, Mankato to Duluth, from Albert Lea to Alexandria, we are here to help.

Meet Our Attorney & Owner

Hillary Harms Becchetti, JD

Hillary's first job was in a dental office. Both of her parents were dentists and she grew up filing, sterilizing, mowing the lawn and answering phones at her parents' practice in the south metro. Almost every family vacation was wherever the ADA conference happened to be that year, so she has spent her whole life surrounded by dentists. Her mother, Kimberly Harms, DDS, was the first woman president of the Minnesota Dental Association and is now retired from dentistry. She has recently joined Pine Lake Law Firm as a dental mediator.

Hillary graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004. She graduated Hamline University School of Law in 2007. Hillary was a judicial law clerk for Ramsey County from 2008-2009 and specifically for now retired Judge Gail Chang Bohr from 2009-2012. In 2012, Hillary decided to focus her legal career on dental transactions when her parents decided to retire and needed her help. Since 2012, Hillary has focused her practice on dental transactions. Hillary has contributed to articles written by Dr. Harms in dental journals, including an article that was awarded the International College of Dentists Leadership award for 2016. Hillary has also been invited to numerous speaking engagements for Minnesota dental groups and associations discussing legal issues that dentists face in their practice.  Hillary is currently a licensed attorney in Minnesota and coming soon, South Dakota.

Hillary lives in Lino Lakes, MN with her husband and three daughters.

Meet "The Dental Mediator" & Transition Specialist

Kimberly Harms, D.D.S.

Kimberly Harms, D.D.S. has been around the block when it comes to dentistry. She practiced dentistry in a public health setting (both state and national), as an associate and for most of her career as co-owner (with her husband Jim) of a private practice. She taught operative dentistry at Loyola University School of Dentistry for both the clinical and hospital dentistry programs. 

Dr. Harms served as President of the Minnesota Dental Association and was Chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Communications. She has received numerous awards including the Minnesota Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award, The American Student Dental Association’s Advocate of Excellence Award and the American Dental Association’s Access to Care Award. She has lectured both nationally and internationally and currently is working with dental schools in Rwanda and Mongolia.

For over 20 years Dr. Harms  served as a National Spokesperson and Consumer Advisor for the American Dental Association and has appeared on their behalf on the Today Show, CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio and network affiliates such as CBS, NBC and ABC. In addition she has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Consumers Digest, Shape Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzz Feed, Cosmopolitan and numerous other print and internet publications. Kimberly was also the author of an article featured in Northwest Dentistry that received the International College of Dentists award for Leadership in Journalism for 2016.  Dr. Harms is also a Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

Dr. Harms has been involved in dentistry for over 30 years and brings that breadth of experience to Pine Lake Law Firm as a mediator and conflict management consultant. Kim lives with her husband of almost 40 years in Bloomington and enjoys time spent at the cabin with her daughters and grandchildren.